Feeling Stress? Learn to set your Goal Smartly

Feeling Stress? Learn to set your Goal Smartly

STRESS,” we are closely familiar with this word. It helps us to be active and concentrate on our work. It works like an alarm in our minds. Nevertheless, in this busy and competitive world, we all experience stressful work pressure, and then we want to give up; we cannot find any clue what to do, how to manage everything, and where to go for solutions. When we get many tasks or projects in our work life or so many homework and assignments in academic life, we have to remember many deadlines individually. At that moment, the stress comes over us, and high-level stress keeps us tensed and distracted from work. Moreover, we feel stressed when we fail to achieve our desired goals.

We may not get rid of “STRESS,” but we can reduce it by following “Smart goals.” We have to set our goals or plans that are “SMART.”  Smart is a combination of specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

S stands for “Specific”: You have to be specific on what you want to do. For example, you want to learn both machine learning and data analysis, but you have minimal time to finish the two courses. So, ask yourself which course will give you the pleasure most and you will feel better.

 Say you are more excited about machine learning than data analysis, so you can choose that first. Moreover, suppose you have both math and history assignment due on the same date. You do not understand what you should complete first. Again, you have to be specific. If you like doing math more than history, you can prioritize math over history to complete the assignment.

M stands for “Measurable”: To progress towards your goal, what steps you will take to measure your improvement. Now, you have decided to learn Machine learning, so you have to plan how much time you will spend on this course and how many videos you will cover in one day. This measurement has to be visible to understand how far you have to go or how many steps you have to take to accomplish your goal.

A stands for “Attainable”:  Your goal must be attainable that means it might be hard to achieve, but it must remain obtainable. You have to think if you have all the recourses to learn machine learning. You also have to think about your capabilities.

Suppose you are from a non-stem background, but you are interested in this course. Ask yourself whether you have the pre-requisite knowledge to complete machine learning, and have anyone done this course successfully from your background? If the answer is yes, then your goal is attainable. Or say you have planned to finish the course within 24 hours. When you start watching videos, your brain is signaling you again and again about the fixed short time. As you are in a rush, you feel demotivated to finish it. So, you have already lost your concentration on the course, and it has become undoable to you. Instead of jumping into the ocean, you can divide the course contents into a small portion every day.

R stands for “Realistic or Relevant”: Think about the importance of this course in your life and how it will help you realistically. Or how relevant it is with your goal? Is it the right timing for you?

Realistic helps you to search for the correct reason for your attempts or actions. It also helps you to find your passion. As you are doing the course, now you can relate that to your target.

T denotes as “Timely”: Timely is the last point that you have to take in your consideration. When you are going to complete the course? What is the exact end date to obtain your goal?

You have to make a strict deadline. Let’s say you decide to finish your task by August 25 and this date will be the end of the course. The deadline should not be too long or too short. You have to make it based on your course contents. This deadline will work for you as an alert, and it will push you to attain your desired goal.

Written by Noshin Tasnim Zaman

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